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Will Kostakis wins the 2014 Gold Inky for The First Third
22 Oct 2014

Congratulations to Will Kostakis whose book The First Third has won the 2014 Gold Inky Award.

For more information regarding these awards please visit the Inky website.

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Book Cover: The First Third
A painfully funny yet poignant contemporary Australian story for young adults, The First Third is the witty sophomore novel from Will Kostakis, sure to appeal to fans of Nick Earls and Melina Marchetta.
A painfully funny yet poignant contemporary Australian story for young adults, The First Third is the witty sophomore novel from Will Kostakis, sure to appeal to fans of Nick Earls and Melina Marchetta.
Published: 24/07/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143568179
RRP: $17.99
Penguin Random House Authors Shortlisted for Prime Minister’s Literary Awards
20 Oct 2014
We are delighted with the news that the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlist features seven Penguin Random House authors, including recent Man Booker Prize winner, Richard Flanagan.
The awards recognise ‘the role Australian writers play in enlightening and entertaining us, reflecting on our history and taking our stories to the world’ and we are so proud that our authors have been acknowledged for their contributions to and insights on Australian culture.
 
Fiction
The Narrow Road to the Deep North Richard Flanagan (Vintage Australia)
The Night Guest Fiona McFarlane (Hamish Hamilton)
 
Non-Fiction
Rendezvous with Destiny Michael Fullilove (Penguin)
 
Prize for Australian History
First Victory: 1914 Mike Carlton (Random House)
 
Young Adult Fiction
Pureheart Cassandra Golds (Penguin)
The First Third Will Kostakis (Penguin)
 
Children’s Fiction
Kissed by the Moon Alison Lester (Puffin)
 
Winners will be announced before the end of the year.

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Book Cover:  Rendezvous with Destiny
Drawing on vast archival research, Rendezvous with Destiny is narrative history at its most delightful, stirring and important.
Drawing on vast archival research, Rendezvous with Destiny is narrative history at its most delightful, stirring and important.
Published: 27/08/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143571995
RRP: $24.99
Book Cover:  Pureheart
When her grandmother dies, Deirdre is left alone in a crumbling block of flats.  Looking out the window one misty night, she sees a boy who seems familiar.  Together, he and Deirdre must discover the secret of the old building, before it collapses and the secret is lost forever . . .
When her grandmother dies, Deirdre is left alone in a crumbling block of flats.  Looking out the window one misty night, she sees a boy who seems familiar.  Together, he and Deirdre must discover the secret of the old building, before it collapses and the secret is lost forever . . .
Published: 24/07/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143204275
RRP: $17.99
Book Cover: The First Third
A painfully funny yet poignant contemporary Australian story for young adults, The First Third is the witty sophomore novel from Will Kostakis, sure to appeal to fans of Nick Earls and Melina Marchetta.
A painfully funny yet poignant contemporary Australian story for young adults, The First Third is the witty sophomore novel from Will Kostakis, sure to appeal to fans of Nick Earls and Melina Marchetta.
Published: 24/07/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143568179
RRP: $17.99
Book Cover:  Kissed by the Moon
Part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby's wonder at our beautiful world. From much-loved Australian Children's Laureate Alison Lester comes a timeless book to share and to treasure.
Part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby's wonder at our beautiful world. From much-loved Australian Children's Laureate Alison Lester comes a timeless book to share and to treasure.
Published: 25/09/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670076758
RRP: $19.99
Book Cover: The Night Guest
The debut of a major Australian writer, The Night Guest is a mesmerising novel about trust, love, dependence, and the fear that the things you think you know may become the things you're least sure about.
The debut of a major Australian writer, The Night Guest is a mesmerising novel about trust, love, dependence, and the fear that the things you think you know may become the things you're least sure about.
Published: 23/07/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143571339
RRP: $19.99
Richard Flanagan Wins 2014 Man Booker Prize
15 Oct 2014

Penguin Random House Australia is thrilled by the wonderful news that Richard Flanagan’s novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Vintage Australia, Chatto & Windus UK, Knopf US), has been named winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize. We are absolutely thrilled and delighted for Richard for this most-deserved honour, recognition of a novel, by his own admission, 12 years in the making. Fellow Booker Prize winner, Thomas Keneally, described as “a grand examination of what it is to be a good man and a bad man in the one flesh and, above all, of how it is to live after survival.”

In accepting the award, Richard said, "I'm astonished. You do not expect these strokes of good fortune to come your way, you're just grateful to be back at the table the next day writing."

Nikki Christer, Richard’s publisher, said, “I have worked with Richard Flanagan for nearly twenty years, and I have always known in my heart that he is one of the most original, talented, creative and exciting voices writing in the English language. With this accolade we have confirmation that he is also one of the most important. He now joins a very select group of writers as a Booker Prize winner, cementing his already high reputation and status as a writer of books that are loved by readers around the world.

“Today is a great day for the world of letters and for all of us. In the company of such wonderful books, open for the first time to American writers, it is an immense achievement to have won this prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North, a book that critics and readers worldwide have called a masterpiece. Australia should be so proud of Richard – I, for one, could not be more proud of the writer whom I am honoured to publish, and call a friend.”

I'm a Dirty Dinosaur wins an award at the 2014 Speech Pathology Australia Awards
14 Oct 2014

The 2014 Speech Pathology Australia Awards have been finalised and Penguin Random House Australia has one winner in the following category:

Birth to Three Years (the let's Read category)

I'm a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian, illustrated by Ann James

For more information on these awards and to see the full list of winners please visit the Speech Pathology Australia website.

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Book Cover:  I'm a Dirty Dinosaur
From award-winning author Janeen Brian and award-winning illustrator Ann James comes this gorgeous rhyming picture book about a naughty little dinosaur who loves to get dirty. Bright simple illustrations and rounded corners perfect for the very young.
From award-winning author Janeen Brian and award-winning illustrator Ann James comes this gorgeous rhyming picture book about a naughty little dinosaur who loves to get dirty. Bright simple illustrations and rounded corners perfect for the very young.
Published: 20/03/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670076154
RRP: $19.99
Vale Morris Lurie
09 Oct 2014

Penguin Australia is deeply saddened by the passing of acclaimed Melbourne writer Morris Lurie. During a career which spanned almost 50 years, Morris wrote numerous books, short stories, essays and plays, including the novel Seven Books for Grossman and the children’s book Twenty-Seventh Annual African Hippopotamus Race published by Penguin. He received the Patrick White Award for under-recognised, lifetime achievement in literature in 2006.  A fine writer, who will be greatly missed.

Penguin Random House acquires book by Rugby League legend Adam MacDougall
08 Oct 2014

 

The first book from Australian Rugby League legend, Adam MacDougall, a health and fitness book aimed squarely at men, has been acquired by Penguin Random House, and will be published in 2015 by Penguin Books.

Adam, a former Australian Kangaroos winger and two-time Newcastle Knights premiership player has been in the fitness and wellness industry for many years and his no-nonsense approach to food and exercise will appeal to men of all ages. In Man Up, Adam offers simple solutions for men to lose their gut and live a healthier lifestyle without giving up everything.

Speaking on the acquisition, Andrea McNamara, Associate Publisher Non-fiction and Partnerships for Penguin, said “Adam carves through a lot of the fads out there. His message is so simple that you can make a difference to your health in just ten minutes a day. We're thrilled to partner with him in getting this book into the mass market.”

Adam, who holds a Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Economics degree majoring in finance, Masters of Business Coaching and is a certified Process Communication Model (PCM) trainer, has studied extensively in the fields of sports science, strength and conditioning and nutrition.  He runs Cranky Health, the company behind the hugely successful Man Shake products.

Commenting on the news, Adam said “I am extremely excited to be working with Penguin who have a proven track record and success with providing books that promote key messages around health and wellness and help improve the lives of their readers. I am very grateful for the opportunity they have given me to help the forgotten everyday man who has been left behind in the growing men’s health crisis we are now facing.”



For further information, please contact Alysha Farry on 02 8204 3323 or alysha.farry@au.penguingroup.com

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Iain McCalman's The Reef has been shortlisted for the CHASS Australia Book Prize
24 Sep 2014

The CHASS Australia Prizes are awarded by the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Science (CHASS).

Congratulations to Iain McCalman, whose book The Reef: A passionate history has been shortlisted for the 2014 CHASS Australia Book Prize.

For more information and to see the full shortlist please visit the CHASS website: https://www.chass.org.au/forum/australiaPrizes.htm

Related Books

Book Cover: The Reef: A Passionate History
The first social, cultural and environmental history of this World Heritage-listed site, The Reef is an effortlessly readable work by a born storyteller. 
The first social, cultural and environmental history of this World Heritage-listed site, The Reef is an effortlessly readable work by a born storyteller. 
Published: 25/06/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143572053
RRP: $24.99
Western Australian Premier's Book Awards - 2014 Category Winners
23 Sep 2014

The following Penguin Random House titles have been chosen as winners in the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards for 2014.

Fiction


The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

Western Australian History Award

Kerry Stokes: Self-Made Man by Margaret Simons

Premier's Prize

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

People's Choice Award presented by The West Australian

Eyrie by Tim Winton

For more information on these awards please visit this website: http://pba.slwa.wa.gov.au

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Book Cover:  Eyrie
What follows is a heart-stopping, funny, exhilarating and haunting. Eyrie asks how, in an impossibly compromised world, we can ever hope to do the right thing.\r\n 
What follows is a heart-stopping, funny, exhilarating and haunting. Eyrie asks how, in an impossibly compromised world, we can ever hope to do the right thing.\r\n 
Published: 25/06/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143571346
RRP: $22.99
Book Cover:  Kerry Stokes: Self-Made Man
Kerry Stokes: Self-Made Man is the real, fascinating story behind the rabbits-to-riches ascendancy of one of Australia's most powerful men.
Kerry Stokes: Self-Made Man is the real, fascinating story behind the rabbits-to-riches ascendancy of one of Australia's most powerful men.
Published: 23/10/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670075423
RRP: $45.00
Monica McInerney 2014 Australian Tour
22 Sep 2014

 

We are so happy Monica McInerney will tour Australia to talk about her new novel, Hello from the Gillespies. Meet Monica at one of these upcoming events. Also, share a favourite family memory in our #DearMonica competition to win $5,000. Monica would love to hear from you.

Visit the Monica McInerney 2014 Australian Tour webpage

Young novelist Majok Tulba announced as winner of 2014 Kathleen Mitchell Award
18 Sep 2014

Sudanese-Australian writer goes back to his roots to deliver a dark and moving story

17 September 2014

Majok Tulba has been announced as the 2014 winner of the Kathleen Mitchell Award for young novelists.

Sudanese-Australian writer Mr Tulba was presented with the award for his debut novel, Beneath the Darkening Sky, by The Trust Company, part of Perpetual, as trustee of the award.

Mr Tulba grew up in South Sudan and in this compelling novel, depicts the fate of children recruited as unwilling conscripts in a civil war. Set in South Sudan, he tells the story of Obinna, a young boy kidnapped to serve as a soldier in the rebel army.

Uncompromising, vivid and raw, Beneath the Darkening Sky is an astonishing portrait of a mind trying to make sense of a senseless world.

Perpetual’s General Manager of Philanthropy, Andrew Thomas, said: “On behalf of Perpetual, I congratulate Majok on winning this award for his extraordinary novel.

“As a philanthropist, Kathleen Adele Mitchell established the award to support young authors, such as Majok, and to invest in the future of Australian literature. Literature is an important way to share experiences from Australia and around the world, and I’m proud of the role Perpetual is playing in helping writers like Majok tell their stories.”

Established in 1996, the Kathleen Mitchell Award is aimed at encouraging the “advancement, improvement and standing of Australian literature”. The Award provides young Australian authors under 30 (at the time of publication of the nominated book) with funding “to improve their literary efforts”.

“The international success and film adaptation of the winning book of 2006, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, is testament to the relevance and power of the Kathleen Mitchell Award,” Mr Thomas said.

This year’s judging panel included: Dr Camilla Nelson, Senior Lecturer - School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Notre Dame; Dr Rachel Franks, Project Officer, Scholarly Engagement at the State Library of NSW; and Marilla North, Principal, The Creative Writing Workshop and freelance lecturer in Australian cultural and literary history.

The judges collectively said of Mr Tulba’s work: “Beneath the Darkening Sky is a powerful novel, beautifully constructed. The issue of child soldiers in South Sudan is one that cannot be ignored. It demands our compassionate – and urgent – attention”.

Related Books

Book Cover:  Beneath the Darkening Sky
A searing new Australian literary talent with a novel combining McCarthy's The Road with Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
A searing new Australian literary talent with a novel combining McCarthy's The Road with Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
Published: 02/07/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428420
RRP: $29.95

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Will Kostakis wins the 2014 Gold Inky for The First Third
Congratulations to Will Kostakis whose book The First Third has won the 2014 Gold Inky Award.For more information regarding these awards please visit the Inky website.

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